School of English and Drama

Upcoming Events

The School of English and Drama hosts and organises a wide variety of lectures, workshops, conferences, and seminars.

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  • 28 February 2019 Henrik Skov Nielsen (Aarhus)
  • 14 March 2019 Seth Rudy (Rhodes)
  • 28 March 2019 Clare Walker Gore (Cambridge)
  • 23 May 2019 Dennis Denisoff (Tulsa)

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FEBRUARY

Show and Tell - Wednesday 6, 13, 20 and 27 February 2019


Show and Tell is a series of TED-talk style events where speakers from the arts, humanities and creative industries tell their stories at Queen Mary University of London.

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English and Drama A-Level Revision Day – Wednesday 20 February 2019

Group sessions with top academics from Queen Mary will look at key A-level English and Drama texts and concepts to help with your revision.
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Inaugural Lecture - Professor Barbara Taylor - Philosophical Solitude – Tuesday 26 February 2019

Professor Barbara Taylor - Philosophical Solitude

Chaired by Professor Cora Kaplan

The philosopher mediating alone in his study is a cliché of western culture. But behind the hackneyed image lies a long history of controversy. Was solitude the ‘school of genius’, as Edward Gibbon claimed, or did it breed irrationalism, dogmatism and melancholy, as Dr Johnson and others insisted? In the 1730s David Hume suffered a breakdown which he attributed to his solitary philosophising; three decades later, in a much-publicised quarrel with Jean-Jacques Rousseau,Hume attacked Rousseau’s reclusiveness as ‘savage’, ‘bestial’,the mark of an ‘arrant madman’. A life of lone thought was pathological: a judgement that still finds echoes in present-day concerns about social isolation and loneliness.

Barbara Taylor is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary, based in the Schools of History and English andDrama. She is currently leading a 4-year project, ‘Pathologies of Solitude,18th – 21st C’, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

6.30-9pm

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Writing Embodiment: Senses and Situations in Victorian Literature - Wednesday 20 March 2019

Come join us to celebrate the recent publication of three monographs by three Victorianist scholars here at Queen Mary: Professor Catherine Maxwell's Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture (2017), awarded the 2018 ESSE Book Prize for Literatures in the English Language, Dr Matthew Ingleby's Nineteenth-Century Fiction and the Production of Bloomsbury: Novel Grounds (2018), and Dr Heather Tilley's Blindness and Writing: From Wordsworth to Gissing (2017).

Drinks and refreshments will be provided.

5.30-8.30pm

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